Lions, and Tigers, and Omega 3’s…Oh My!

I’ve been reading a lot about Omega 3’s lately and really figured I needed to do some research on this.

Do I get enough of them in my daily diet?

I have a Shakeology each day for breakfast, beans or tuna for lunch (sometimes a bit of both) often with some organic spinach, an array of fruits for my afternoon snack, and usually some sort of grilled chicken or soy meatless protein option for dinner.

I always associate omega 3’s with fish…so if I only have tuna a few times a week, am I getting enough?

What else in a normal diet contains omega 3’s?

Do I need to take a supplement? Hubby takes a fish oil/omega 3 supplement every morning. Should I be taking this too?

As a stay at home mom, I’m moving around with our son a lot. I need to find a way to be sure I can get them in with something quick to make.

I read that salmon, flax seeds, and walnuts are the best sources of omega 3’s. Also, scallops, cauliflower, cabbage, cloves and mustard seeds are really good sources. Good sources include halibut, shrimp, cod, tuna, soybeans, tofu, kale, collard greens, and Brussels sprouts.

From all that I read, adding flaxseeds and two servings of tuna or another omega 3 rich non-fried fish twice a week will get me to where I need to be with my omega 3’s for the week.

Flaxseed Sources:

Tempeh with flaxseed in it….I find this at Whole Foods and love to saute it in a tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil.

You can just sprinkle it in like you would that fiber powder to most anything! Add it to pasta sauce, oatmeal, or even a smoothie. So maybe I’ll add it into my Shakeology!

How do you incorporate flaxseed or omega 3’s in your diet? I’m looking for more ideas!

Sources for more information:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=84

http://www.wholeliving.com

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Reduced Prices Do Not Mean Zero Calorie :)

This is my biggest temptation every year.

Seriously, even more so than the day after Christmas.

Every year, the day after Easter I love to go to Target, Walgreens, and CVS and hit up their holiday aisle for the CLEARANCE goodies!

I’m reminding myself this year to realize…just because the bags of candy are $1 or less doesn’t mean that I have to buy them. I LOVE the Starburst Jelly Beans and the Cadburry Mini Eggs that are completely full of that awesome chocolate with the thin candy shell. Not to mention those wonderful Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs!

But, I don’t need to derail all the good work that we have done in our home with healthy eating habits by putting all that in our home again. That was part of our original problem.

I believe in all things in moderation. For me, moderation is a pizza night one night a week. As for sweets, I’m down with my chocolate Shakeology, so candy and treats of that sort are reserved for special occasions mostly.

Easter is a very special occasion in our home! Our biggest special occasion! Therefore, we will enjoy our treats on Sunday, but that’ll be it. We can have our favorites and enjoy every bite rather than scarfing it all down, knowing that we’ll have more tomorrow when bargain lady mommy goes to the store and raids the holiday aisle!

Every jelly bean (even if it is zero fat) contains sugar. Sugar turns into fat…which my body does not need.

Those mini eggs…well…my love affair with those will just end up with them being suction cupped to my hips.

I’ll stick with enjoying them on Sunday and being thankful at the end of the week that I didn’t let it trigger more and more treat eating throughout the week.

Everything in moderation…but always on the right track.

As a teacher, I was always careful to keep my students on the right path, even if our conversations went astray for a few moments. I enjoyed getting to know my kids and making them laugh…they worked harder then when it was time to work!

Same holds true here…stray on those holidays! Enjoy! But stay close to the path so you can hop back on without having to take a long journey just to get back on track!

Slow and steady always wins the race!

Healthy living is a marathon, not a sprint. 🙂

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Going “Sweetless”

Some of you asked, so shall you receive.

My words of “experience”.

The weekend of Valentine’s Day, I ran my first 5k with Amie. I came home and felt I “earned” eating whatever I wanted. Well, after a few Long Island Iced Teas, some chocolate, some of my mom’s cookies, and some pizza…I realized..WOAH. STOP ME!

Like it was meant to be…a status update comes on Facebook from Chalene Johnson on her TurboFire page saying “Having trouble taming the sweet tooth? Give it up for 14 days and you won’t even miss it anymore.”

Hey that sounded doable and most definitely a well needed challenge to get back on track.

So I began, Monday, February 14th. Still going strong today! Read on, sweet teeth!

How am I doing it?

1. CLEAR IT OUT! All the cookies…gone. That big piece of candy hubby bought me for a treat…gone. GARBAGE IT! The $ you throw out in the trash can is worth the $ you’ll save on new pants to fit into!

2. DISCOVER YOUR MOTIVATION! What is it? Why do you need to stop eating sweets? Risk of Type 2 Diabetes? Kids? Grandkids? Want to fit into your swimsuit this summer? Determine your reason for needing this. Mine? Being healthy for Anthony. Being able to play with him for a long time and setting a great example for him to follow.

3. FIND SOMETHING ELSE. I’m an emotional eater..always have been. When I’m happy, nervous, anxious, stressed, sad, angry, etc. I eat. It always made me feel better. Still fight this battle every day. But I found that every time I wanted to reach for a sweet treat, I walked away and found Anthony (our 2 year old). I asked him what book he wanted to read. Within minutes, I forgot that I wanted to eat something and was immersed in my #2(motivation), being healthy for Anthony.

You will find that as you eat healthy, your body will crave healthy food.

It works. Last night, we went to a benefit at a country club. It was a tasting from chefs around the area.

A dieter’s nightmare…but not a problem for a lady on a healthy lifestyle journey! 🙂

I tasted the sushi and even that coconut shrimp. But the sweets? Didn’t even want them! The quick taste in my mouth wasn’t worth all of the sugar that would be going in. Not to mention the 20 “Sweetless” days!

21 days down! Who wants to give it a try? I’m happy to keep you accountable!

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All A Matter of Perception

This is my snack today. Guess how many strawberries this is?

7.

I used Anthony’s bowl and his spoon.

Honestly, had I washed and eaten 7 strawberries out of the carton I know I would have thought to myself…”girl I’m still hungry!” before I had even scarfed down the last one.

I took the time to wash and slice them and throw them into a cute little bowl.

Cut up a few for Anthony while I was at it too.

It’s all a matter of perception…